On this blog we have covered a number of shorter-form or introductory versions of a range of sports, including Walking Netball, Quicksticks Hockey and High 5 Netball. Kwik Cricket follows along the same lines – it is quickfire and is aimed mainly at encouraging young children of up to around 11 years of age to get involved in cricket, with the emphasis on enjoyment and participation.
Like other abridged sports, the rules of Kwik Cricket are adapted from its parent sport, cricket – though it is played with a lightweight plastic bat and ball.
It is a fluid, fluctuating game during which the rules can be altered in accordance with the skill levels and the number of children participating. For example, the game can be made more difficult – or easier – by changing pitch dimensions, lengthening or shortening boundaries, etc.
So how do the rules differ?
Each team features a minimum of eight players and should include at least one girl, and bats for eight overs. The team is divided into four pairs and each pair bats for two overs each, with 200 runs on the scoreboard at the start of each innings.
For the fielding team, every player has to bowl one over each – overarm if at all possible, but underarm is also accepted. With each wicket taken, the batting side loses five runs – while runs can also be piled on in exactly the same way as in regular cricket.
The full list of methods of dismissal is – bowled, caught, stumped, run out or hit wicket. LBW is not a feature. How Shane Watson must wish Kwik Cricket had been around when he was younger!
Two runs are awarded for wides and no-balls, although no additional ball is bowled unless during the final over of the innings. And with the exception of the wicketkeeper, fielders are not allowed within 10 yards of the batter.
Schools and clubs
The main Kwik Cricket competition is open to state primary and middle schools throughout England and Wales, and there are school competitions for Year 6, Girls, Year 5 or Year 4.
There is no national competition for clubs but clubs are not precluded from organising their own local fixtures or events.
Kwik Cricket has been embraced by a number of schools across the country, and we would urge other schools and, perhaps more pertinently, cricket clubs nationwide to adopt this tremendously inclusive and welcoming version of the sport.
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